A Next Generation Endpoint Protection is the modern way of detecting zero-day threats by using AI and Deep Learning to analyze executables and file-less threats prior execution, during execution, and the ability to rollback an attack’s actions. With nearly 1 million threats being created daily, traditional signature-based Antivirus can’t keep pace of latest threats, and by the time they do it’s too late. The simple storyline is: advanced Next-Gen Endpoint Protection and Response is simply effective and proven over and over again.
Cyber security today in a world where almost every business faces a breach in its lifetime, the bad guys use as good as or better tools than the good guys. Layered security approach is essential to every business, big or small. With the increase of silent attacks hiding in encrypted tunnels traveling throughout your network undetected, it it essential you protect all your end points to avoid any weak entry.
Why Traditional AV is no longer effective?
Antivirus (AV) technologies have not evolved much over the last fifteen years. Their detection model still relies on the core principles of a central repository with lists of virus “definitions” which contain the following information:
• known bad strings (typically cleartext) in the malicious file
• hashing part of or the full known bad malicious file
This signature-based approach has been called obsolete for at least a decade – Gartner dropped the AV magic quadrant in 2006, yet millions of organizations still spend billions of dollars on AV products annually. Most of these organizations also recognize that signature based
AV does not catch all the sophisticated malware present today.
Signature-based AV has a few fundamental problems that make it largely ineffective against today’s complex threat environment, because:
• The number of recognized threats is growing exponentially. It is impractical to create new signatures for the volume of virus and malware
strains that are created on a weekly basis today. AVTEST registers over 75,000 new malicious programs every day.
• The volume of virus and malware variants being created require that endpoints need to be updated at a near constant rate to actually catch all the malicious files encountered by them
• It is impossible for endpoint AV products to compare suspicious files with all the signatures that exist today. If this was attempted on any device, it would consume all of the devices compute resources and bring performance to a grinding halt.
• AV products are particularly vulnerable to zero-day attacks where hackers create and distribute malware before the AV vendors have a chance to create and distribute the signature to detect it. This time lag is crucial since most attacks are executed within
• Hackers and cybercriminal are targeting specific organizations with spear phishing and typically custom create malware for their target. Very often, no signatures are ever created for such malware targeted specifically for a particular individual or organization.
• Hackers are using advanced techniques to evade signature based AV – polymorphic malware, packers, encryption and similar obfuscation mechanisms.
The main reason organizations continue to spend on AV products despite these obvious limitations is the lack of certified AV alternatives. Compliance mandates that were written during the early days prescribe AV in their requirements, and the organizations that manage
these mandates are also slow to evolve to the new threat landscape. This has led to organizations adopting additional endpoint technologies to complement their AV deployments, but a complete rip and replace of embedded AV products is still a daunting proposition.
However, there are a number of steps that can be taken to ease this transition.
Not just Windows, Linux and MacOS too:
Securing your Linux servers is essential to protecting your data and Intellectual Property. Attackers are increasingly targeting Linux web and database servers to obtain data and compromise enterprises. Another recent trend is to use server horsepower to mine cryptocurrencies.
The Linux agent includes static AI, behavioral AI, and automated EDR. It was designed for low CPU/memory consumption and to provide the optimal protection against security threats.
● Pre execution protection and maximum visibility aperture
● Focused on stability and decreasing the attack surface
● Seamless management ease from the Web Console, deployable in the cloud or on-premise
Supported Linux Environments:
● Amazon Linux AMI
● Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL v5.5-5.11, 6.5+, 7.0+
● Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04, 16.04, 16.10
● CentOS 6.5+, 7.0+
● Oracle Linux OL (Oracle Enterprise Linux or OEL) v6.5-6.9 & v7.0+
● OpenSUSE, 42.2
● SUSE Linux Enterprise Server – 12 SP1+
Robust Forensics and Endpoint Protection:
In the Attack Storyline screenshot above, a piece of malware was able to hide itself from basic endpoint protection software by taking over a legitimate running process and using default Windows components. With Advanced NexGen Endpoint Protection and Response, that program would have nowhere to hide.
Next Generation Endpoint Protection seamlessly taps all of an endpoint’s running processes. It can detect when a program infiltrates the registry, changes its name, or begins opening an unauthorized connection outside of the firewall. When this happens, Endpoint Response capabilities can take steps to automatically mitigate this process, notify an administrator, and then display a detailed attack path. Importantly, this display data can be presented in a simple, graphically intensive format that takes no specialized security training to understand.
By providing cloud intelligence, advanced behavioral detection, and digital forensics, NextGen EndPoint Protection creates three layers of defense-in-depth with a single product. Small businesses can therefore establish a comprehensive cyber-defense for their critical data and equipment, without having to invest in the same tools, training, and personnel that a full-time SOC would require. Although no defense is completely impenetrable, NextGen EDR gives all businesses defensive tools that put them on par with far larger organizations with Ransomware Insurance Liability included.
Reach out today to start evaluating your NextGen Endpoint Protection and Response in your environment.